Open Air Cambridge

27/01/2021

Should you be using walking poles?

Chances are that if you’re reading this you’ve perhaps seen someone using a set of walking poles and thought, I wonder why they’re using those? Or perhaps thought you’d like to give them a try for yourself but weren’t sure where to start? Well let us and our friends at Leki help you out! What are the different types of walking poles? The first thing to note is that not all walking poles are made equal and much like walking boots, there are a variety of poles out there –... Read More

27/01/2021

Why You NEED a good pair of socks!

Socks come in all shapes and sizes and are designed for a variety of uses. Despite being so important to foot care, they are often one of the most overlooked parts of the outdoor experience! A good pair of socks will easily be the difference between blisters, discomfort and cold feet! This guide will tell you all you need to know about socks and the best kinds of socks for walking and keeping your feet prepared for anything! Step 1:  The Material As with most things clothing related, the most... Read More

22/01/2021

Staying Warm In Cold And Stormy Weather – Layering Guide

From snow and ice, to flash flooding, to lightning storms, severe weather is extremely unpredictable and can be incredibly dangerous and it goes without saying, but the weather should always be treated with respect and care. For dangerous weather conditions such as lightning or large hail storms, avoid going outside at all costs as you do put yourself at great risk of injury by either being struck or hit. However if you are venturing outside on a particularly wet and windy day, or perhaps just want to be prepared for... Read More

20/01/2021

Brand Focus: Deuter

When it comes to reliable outdoor equipment, few can match the inventiveness and charisma of Deuter. Boasting some of the best packs and sleeping bags on the market, today we’re exploring what makes this incredible brand tick and highlighting some of our favourite initiatives they run that any outdoor lover can get on board with! Whether you’ve never heard of Deuter before or are already an avid fanatic, hopefully you’ll learn something fun and new about this awesome brand and how they can help you on your next adventure! About... Read More

20/01/2021

Max Woolsey – The Boy In The Tent – An Inspiration To All!

When it comes to sharing positivity and generosity, it seems that more and more young people are taking up the incredible call to support their local communities and charities. Today we want to focus on one incredible chap who, for the past year has been taking the outdoor world by storm and has managed to raise over £134,000 for the North Devon Hospice. Max Woolsey is an 11 year old adventurer from Braunton, Devon who, since the 29th March 2020 has been sleeping outside every night in his trusty tent... Read More

20/01/2021

What Is Merino Wool And Why Do We Love It?

Something that has become increasingly popular in the world of outdoor clothing is the use of ‘Merino wool’. However, wool outdoor clothing is not a completely new idea – in their attempt to climb Everest in 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine wore multiple thin layers of wool and silk clothing, with research showing that this was more sophisticated, lighter and more comfortable than many more modern clothing systems. A lot of world leading brands have jumped on the hype of this incredible material, but what actually is it and... Read More

11/01/2021

Kick It To The Cold! Our Top Picks For Cold Days!

There really is nothing worse than being unnecessarily cold when you’re out and about! As more and more of us are heading to the great outdoors this year, we wanted to give you our top picks for this season to help you keep warm during your local adventures. All of these products are perfect for the winter season and will give you all the tools you need to make the most of your walks! For more on the benefits of walking and discovering your local surroundings – Check this out:... Read More

07/01/2021

Surprising Ways That Walking Impacts Your Mental Health

We’ve all heard about the benefits of spending more time outside. Whether you consider yourself an outdoorsy person or not, more and more people are discovering that walking is a fantastic way to get into the natural world, explore your surroundings and learn a lot about your mental health! During 2020, we all saw the importance of getting outside and over 63% of us took up some kind of physical outdoor activity, from walking, to running, to cycling and to all kinds of other interesting activities! We sure know that... Read More

07/01/2021
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5 Things To Do Before Your First Hike

You don’t have to be a wilderness explorer to undergo a fun and exciting hike! In a digital age, more and more of us are looking to use the outdoors as a stress reliever and to escape from our busy lives. One study has even shown that activities such as hiking can decrease your stress hormones by more than 15%! So to harness this incredible power for yourself, we thought we would break down 5 fantastic tips to consider BEFORE heading outside so whether you are trekking alone or with... Read More

30/12/2020

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Kit Dry

We’ve all been caught out by a sudden downpour at some point or another. Despite a full forecast of sun, you never really know what the weather is going to do and it’s all too easy to find yourself drenched before you know it. Trust us on this one, a few hours into a rainy hike, the last thing you want is to reach for your gloves, or that fresh pair of socks and discover…they’re damp. That’s a sure fire way to ruin the rest of your walk and if... Read More